Italian Great Lakes Cycle
3 - 8 September 2019
The Great Lakes, Italy
Cycle through one of the most beautful regions in the world on this jaw-dropping ride. Taking in the great lakes of Italy - including Lake Como and Lake Garda - you will ride over 400km tackling alpine foothills, valley paths and mythical climbs as featured on the Giro d'Italia.
This tough ride will push your limits, but you will take in gorgeous mountain views, have plenty of coffee stops and visit the cycling church of The Madonna di Ghisallo - after climbing it first!
Cycle through one of the most beautiful regions in the world on this jaw-dropping ride.
Taking in the great lakes of Italy - including Lake Como and Lake Garda - you will ride over 400km tackling alpine foothills, valley paths and mythical climbs as featured on the Giro d'Italia.
Pay a registration fee of £195 when you book, then a balance of £1,003 (eight weeks before your challenge).
Raise as much as you can for MHA.
Minimum sponsorship option:
Registration fee of £195 when you book.
Raise a minimum of £2,050 for MHA.
To book your place on this unforgettable charity challenge, please visit the Charity Challenge website and select MHA as your chosen charity.
Day 1, Tues 03 September 2019
Fly to Milan airport where you will transfer to the hotel in Bellagio on the shores of Lake Como. On arrival you will have a chance to explore and make last minute adjustments to your bike before the first dinner and a pre-ride briefing.
Day 2, Wed 04 Sep 2019
Bellagio loop via Madonna di Ghisallo - 69km/43 miles (climbing approximately 1459m)
This ride starts with a beautiful loop around Bellagio, riding the shores of Lake Como where you will stop for a coffee and lunch in Como city. From here you will take on the Madonna de Ghisallo climb and visit the cycling church and shrine.
Day 3, Thu 05 Sep 2019
Bellagio to Bergamo - 111km/69 miles (climbing approximately 1041m)
After a beautiful ferry ride across Lake Como you will cycle the alpine foothills and be rewarded with views of the mountains and spectacular vistas. You will then ride to the city of Bergamo where you spend the night.
Day 4, Fri 06 Sep 2019
Bergamo to Iseo - 79km/49 miles (climbing approximately 741m)
Your day starts with a river valley cycle path out of Bergamo where you will ride towards Clusone, stopping for coffee and lunch. From here you will cycle beside the shores of Lake Iseo before heading to staying at your lakeside hotel with spectacular views.
Day 5, Sat 07 Sep 2019
Iseo to Lake Garda - 148km/92 miles (climbing approximately 2440m)
The last day of cycling is also the longest where you will take in 4 lakes in one day. The distance and climbing is complimented by spectaular scenery where you will finish off this amazing ride at Lake Garda.
Day 6, Sun 08 Sep 2019
Return to UK
Today you and your weary legs will be transferred to Venice airport or the city centre where you can fly home or explore Italy more. (Flights not included)
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